The biogas plant delivered by BioGTS to the Natural Resources Institute Finland facility in Sotkamo, in Northern Finland, serves as an example of renewable energy utilization. The biogas plant is based on dry anaerobic digestion process and is the first of its kind in Finland. The BioGTS® Biogas plant plant design is based on very cost-efficient modular reactor structures, which enable easy scalability and quick “plug-in” installation on site. The introductory video (with English subtitles) demonstrates how quickly the plant can be installed on-site using the prefabricated modules based on our unique proprietary technology.
The plant in Sotkamo utilizes grass silage, dry manure and fish processing waste as feedstocks. Other suitable feedstocks for biogas production in the BioGTS® Biogas plant include organic biowaste from municipalities and industries, all kinds of green waste from agriculture and green construction, as well as sewage sludge. The organic residue formed in the production of biogas is odorless, and can be utilized as fertilizer or soil improvement medium.
The biogas generated by the plant will be used for heating premises in Sotkamo. In the future, biogas will also be used to fuel cars and tractors. The organic residue from the biogas process will be utilized as fertilizer in crop production, thus replacing the use of chemical fertilizers and cutting down the nutrient emissions to water bodies.
The biomass yield of one hectare of grass is enough to heat a single-family house or power a car for a full year. Installing a biogas plant improves the energy self-sufficiency of a farm and reduces the dependence on imported fuels and chemical fertilizers.
The VuoGas R&D environment in Sotkamo is a research facility of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (previously MTT Agrifood Research Center), which is the leading research institute in Finland working with the topics related to agricultural research and developing the sustainability and competitiveness of the food system. The entire biogas production chain, from the field into the tank of the vehicle, is studied at the Sotkamo facility. The VuoGas environment promotes expertise in bioeconomics and sets an example for the utilization of renewable energy sources. The facility will be used for both research and product development. Please read more about VuoGas here.